Joseph “Bomba” Ramosetsana is the most welcomed uninvited guest at funerals

Joseph “Bomba” Ramosetsana is the most welcomed uninvited guest at funerals

- Joseph is seldom invited to the funerals he attends but his presence is a welcome sight

- He gives the dead the respect they deserve and the support the family needs during these difficult times

- He has committed himself to attending funerals every week to sing for the dead and their families

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Joseph “Bomba” Ramosetsana is a funeral crasher, but not in a negative way at all. He has devoted himself to giving the dead the respect they deserve.

He sings his heart out at every funeral he attends, even if he has never met the person being buried or their family. learned that Joseph is from Ga-Rankuwa in Tshwane and has been attending funerals for over ten years, ever since his mother died according to

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The 57-year-old has become a celebrity of sorts at the Mmakau and Kgabalatsane cemeteries. When he arrives, people recognise him by the red tin and polish he uses as a makeshift drum, which he beats as he sings.

He tries to attend funerals every week and has attended as many as five funerals in one week.

“If I’m about to leave the cemetery with mourners and I see another funeral convoy arriving, I join them,” he said.

From the experience of burying his mother, Joseph knows how important the support is that a family receives at a funeral.

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“When we buried my mother, there was no music at the funeral and that made me sad. I wish there were people who sang for me and my family back then.”

Karabo Thage, an employee at the Mmakau Cemetery, knows that when Joseph appears with his red tin at 6 am that it will be a "great burial".

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